Category: Fiction

Beyond the Rice Fields with Naivo

Ravinkazo nanintsana Ka ny lasa tsy azo ahoana Fa ny sisa ampanirina Leaves falling There’s no protecting those that drop But those that stay are made to grow (Malagasy Hainteny) First, an embarrassing confession: I am woefully ignorant about Madagascar, the Malagasy people and the Malagasy culture. It wasn’t until I signed up for Restless Books monthly…

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A Lifetime of Looking, with Lisa Ko (A Book Review of “The Leavers”)

Days after reading Lisa Ko’s The Leavers (Amazon | Indiebound), one question lingered in my mind: can we really spare our loved ones the most gory, painful thing in our lives in order to save them–whatever “saving” looks like? The story is written in the same format Arundhati Roy’s latest book The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, where you…

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Deviant Lives, with Carmen Maria Machado (A Book Review of ‘Her Body and Other Parties’)

I picked up Carmen Maria Machado’s book of short stories Her Body and Other Parties (Amazon | Indiebound) after seeing it on the National Book Awards shortlist for fiction. The title first drew me. I looked up to see who Machado was and found she’s a queer Latinx (yes!), which made me want to read her work…

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